How important is "The Dark Knight Rises" to you? Would you pay $150 to be the first to see Christopher Nolan's conclusion to his Batman trilogy at a midnight showing? Well, scalpers on eBay and Craigslist are hoping you will.
Advanced tickets for "The Dark Knight Rises" went on sale a week ago, and midnight shows quickly filled up, taking away opportunities from fans hoping to be the first to learn the fate of Gotham City and its Dark Knight. Since then, some of those tickets have gone back up for sale, with price tags inflated 80 percent in some cases, ScreenCrush reports.
A quick search on eBay revealed that not only are those reports true, but in some cases, the price has even gone up. The most common price is staying around the $150 mark, with tickets for the "Dark Knight Trilogy" marathon soaring even higher.
But is there something to the ridiculously high price? What makes those early showings so much more valuable than a matinee the following Sunday? There certainly is something to being among the first people to see it, but that gives the ticket-holder little more than bragging rights. The idea of looking forward to a movie now requires that you see it as soon as possible. After waiting four years, scalpers are betting that waiting just a few hours more will be enough to make fans cough up an extra $135 to see "The Dark Knight Rises" sooner.
Many would say that seeing the film as early as possible is the best way to avoid the deluge of spoilers on Twitter and Facebook. There have been a handful of minor spoilers posted online, but for the most part, the story and secrets of "The Dark Knight Rises" have stayed surprisingly unspoiled. The ad campaigns have focused on a few key questions, like whether Bruce Wayne will survive the final movie.
A representative from the online ticket outlet Fandango said the company's standing policy is that any ticket re-sold is declared invalid, so if you are considering purchasing a set of tickets for $300, you might want to consider this. Though the policy would be difficult to enforce, it's something to keep in mind if you're weighing your options.
We want to hear from you: How much would you be willing to pay to see "The Dark Knight Rises" at midnight on July 20 on an IMAX screen? Leave your responses in the comments below or tweet them via @KPSull, and we will discuss later this week.
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